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Teachers swop accents.

Teachers swop accents.

Some teachers are altering their accents in class to avoid negative reactions, a small study suggests.

One teacher, from Bristol, told researchers he did not want to be seen as "a village idiot" or "a thick yokel who lives on a farm".

Another, from the Midlands, said she was told to change her accent or to "go back" to where she came from.

But teachers and students felt they should be free to speak in their own accents, the study found.

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